Posts Tagged ‘Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L II’

Backlit great egret, Long Pond, Centre Island, Toronto Islands


Brilliant sun shines through the wings of a Great Egret, highlighting the bone and multi-layered feather structures.

Lois M towing the Commissioner's St Bridge, Outer Harbour, Eastern Gap, Toronto Islands

Lois M

After an epic journey from Nova Scotia’s south shore through the St. Lawrence, Lois M tows the new Commissioners St. bridge through the Eastern Gap. This is the western half of the bridge, weighing in at 650 tonnes and 83 metres long. Click either image to view larger.

Robin nesting on road bicycle, Ward's Island, Toronto Island

Miele Mama

A robin nests on a road bicycle, a most interesting location to raise one’s young.

Muskrat on shore, Island Public School, Toronto Islands

A Muskrat Education

A muskrat sits on the shoreline by the Island Public School.

Red-eared slider turtle damaged by prop, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Chopper 2021

Checking in with Chopper, a red-eared slider that I’ve been documenting for years. Chopper’s shell was damaged by a prop, but has healed up nicely. Here’s Chopper in 2020, 2018, and 2016.

Mature black-crowned night heron, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Punk Outfit

A mature black-crowned night heron on Doughnut Island, shortly after finishing the migration north.

13 Black-crowned Night Herons in one tree, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Heron Tree

A baker’s dozen of 13 black-crowned night herons perch on the Heron Tree, where the first migratory group always lands every year. Here’s the same tree back in 2011.

Mink eating a crayfish, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Mink Snack

A mink enjoys a tasty crayfish on the shores of Centre Island.

Four red-eared slider turtles on a log, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Bumper Crop

Four red-eared slider turtles (an invasive species) bunch up on a log in Snug Harbour. 2021 is an absolutely epic year for turtles, with more in the lagoons that I have ever seen before.

Killdeer, Forestry Island, Toronto Islands


The comically large eyes of a Killdeer on Forestry Island.

Removal of final beer stein light, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Steinful Farewell

The final beer stein light fixture is removed from Third St.

Red-necked Grebe, Long Pond, Toronto Islands

Red-Necked Grebe

The lovely details of a red-necked grebe migrating through Long Pond.

Bald eagle on branch, Long Pond, Toronto Islands

Long Pond Baldy

A bald eagle perches on a branch on Long Pond at the start of the 2020/21 winter. Click image to view larger.

Injured red eared slider turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Slider Damage 2020

Meet Chopper, a red-eared slider that I’ve been following for years. Chopper had an unfortunate run-in with a propeller, but is healing very nicely. Here’s Chopper back in 2018, and 2016. Click image to view larger.

Snowy owl with wingtip feathers, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Gibraltar Snow II

A snowy owl comes in for a pinpoint landing at Gibraltar Point. Click image to view larger.

Snowy owl, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Gibraltar Snow

A snowy owl perches on a large branch at Gibraltar Point. Click image to view larger.

Canadian F18, Captain Marson, CIAS 2019, Canadian International Air Show 2019, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Cpt. Marsons Is Missing

A Canadian CF-18 flies low over Hanlan’s Point. The rear seat, belonging to one Cpt. Marsons, is empty.

Red Arrows, CIAS 2019, Canadian International Air Show 2019, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Red Arrows

The UK’s Red Arrows fly in formation over Hanlan’s Point.

Pitts Special in front of Edge Walk, CN Tower, CIAS 2019, Canadian International Air Show 2019, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Edge Walk

Brent Handy gives people doing the Edge Walk a fine show in his Pitts Special.

Cold wind blowing at sunset, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A Cold Wind

A bitter wind blows snow across the Ward’s traffic circle as the sun sets over the Rapids Queen. Click image to view larger.

Beaver chewing branch in hole in ice, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Beaver Chew

A beaver chews apart a heavy branch from a hole kept open in the lagoon ice. Click image to view larger.

Female bald eagle in tree, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Find The Eagle

When an eagle lands in a tree next to you, you darn well know it. Here a female bald eagle perches in a tree off of the RCYC. Click image to view larger.

Male bald eagle, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bald Neighbour

A male bald eagle perches above Kathleen and Ali’s house at the corner of Channel and Third.

January bluebird, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bluebird of Happiness

A bluebird lights up Channel Ave. on a cold January day. Thanks to David for the tip.